POWERnews [July 23, 2015]

Expert: 90% of U.S. Population Could Die if a Pulse Event Hits the Power Grid

When a large electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) event occurs—which, according to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), there is “100% certainty” will happen at some time in the future—as…

New Coal Ash Bill Unveiled in the Senate

Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have introduced a much-awaited coal ash bill in the Senate that they say will provide more certainty than will the Environmental Protection…

Obama Administration Threatens Veto of House Coal Ash Bill

The Obama Administration on July 21 threatened to veto a coal ash bill that is currently pending in the House and Senate, saying it would undermine protections in the Environmental…

Report: Distributed Generation, Energy Storage, Microgrids Pose Grid Reliability Risks

Emerging energy technologies such as rooftop solar, microgrids, and distributed generation could adversely affect reliability of the nation's grid, a new report from the Electric Markets Research Foundation (EMRF) warns. …

SunEdison to Acquire Vivint Solar's 523-MW Rooftop Solar Portfolio

Renewables giant SunEdison will acquire emerging distributed energy firm Vivint Solar's 523-MW rooftop solar portfolio in a $2.2 billion acquisition deal that signals momentum for the business model that has…

Europe’s Largest Energy Storage Project Begins Construction

AES has begun construction of what will be the largest energy storage project in Europe when it comes online later this year in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. The 10-MW/40-MWh Kilroot Advancion…

Talen Energy Sinks Its Talons into Three Power Plants, 2.5 GW of Capacity

Talen Energy Corp. announced on July 20 that it has agreed to acquire MACH Gen LLC, which owns three combined cycle, natural gas–fired power plants with more than 2.5 GW…